Jason T. Cohen

Jason T. Cohen is counsel in Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP’s Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation and Real Estate Litigation practice groups.

Mr. Cohen is experienced in all phases of litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in arbitral forums. Mr. Cohen has played a leading role in some of the most significant litigations of this era, including September 11-related litigations, defense of asbestos actions and residential mortgage-backed securities litigation arising from the 2007 financial crisis. He has also represented a wide variety of clients in a broad range of other civil and commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, insurance coverage, product liability, construction, fraud, securities and commodities, professional liability, personal injury, premises liability, and defamation.

 

 

EDUCATION AND CLERKSHIP

  • Clerkship, Justice Arnold L. Fein, Appellate Division, First Department, 1986
  • Fordham University, J.D., 1986
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., Economics, 1982

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Defense of and ultimate dismissal without any payment of thousands of personal injury, wrongful death and property damages actions arising out of the September 11 attacks.
  • Prosecuted tort actions and insurance claims arising out of the September 11 attacks against the responsible airlines and others, leading to the recovery of billions of dollars for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.
  • Defended asbestos-in-buildings and asbestos bodily injury claims, including acting as national coordinating counsel, taking the lead in numerous depositions, arguing motions and trying cases, resulting in the dismissal without payment of all of the asbestos-in-buildings actions and of thousands of bodily injury actions.
  • Defended a multi-million dollar ground water contamination action in United States District Court in the United States Virgin Islands in which he obtained summary judgment for the client.
  • Defended a fraud and racketeering action against an executive at a financial institution in connection with a Commodity Futures Trading Commission-imposed shut down of a hedge fund, in which he obtained summary judgment for the client.
  • Prosecuted a declaratory judgment and breach of contract action to enforce client’s defense and indemnification rights in Eastern District of Wisconsin, resulting in damages paid to client and concession by defendant of its defense and indemnity obligations.
  • Prosecuted defamation action and defense of counterclaims on behalf of a former member of the Russian legislature seeking refuge in the United States, arising out of a negative public relations campaign intended to drive the client out of the United States.
  • Trial counsel for construction contractor in breach of contract action in which client was sued for failing to pay for services client by a subcontractor, resulting in defense verdict and also 100% recovery on client’s counterclaim against subcontractor.
  • Trial counsel on behalf of the defendant, a safety eyewear manufacturer, regarding a distribution contract, resulting in damages limited to less than 1/10th of amount sought in the breach of contract and fraud action following appeal.
  • Prosecuted and tried a premises liability action on behalf of a crime victim who was terrorized by an intruder inside her apartment, resulting in significant settlement following eight days of trial.
  • Assisted a construction contractor client, manufacturer/distributor client, real estate developer client, and others on non-litigation matters, including achieving early resolution of disputes, drafting and negotiating contracts, handling insurance coverage and defense and indemnification issues, filing and discharging liens, dealing with both sides of collection matters and providing advice on bonding, Administrative Code, and other areas.

ADMISSIONS

  • State of New York (1987)
  • District Court, Southern District of New York (1989)
  • District Court, Eastern District of New York (1989)
  • Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (1998)
  • State of New Jersey (1999)
  • Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2013)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, New York County Lawyers Association.
  • Member, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association.
  • Member, Association of the Bar for the City of New York.
  • Member, Federal Bar Council.

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